IF ONCE YOU HAVE SLEPT ON AN ISLAND
©Rachel Field, 1926, from TAXIS AND TOADSTOOLS
If once you have slept on an island
You'll never be quite the same;
You may look as you looked the day before
And go by the same old name,
You may bustle about in street and shop;
You may sit at home and sew,
But you'll see blue water and wheeling gulls
Wherever your feet may go.
You may chat with the neighbors of this and that
And close to your fire keep,
But you'll hear ship whistle and lighthouse bell
And tides beat through your sleep.
Oh, you won't know why, and you can't say how
Such change upon you came,
But -- once you have slept on an island
You'll never be quite the same.
GLORIOUS SUNSETS ON THE BEAUTIFUL
WEST SHORE OF WASHINGTON ISLAND!
FEATURES OF THE CABIN
This Danish Log Cabin is a recently updated 1930's cottage on Washington Island. Jens Jacobsen built this Danish vertical log cottage, and 8 others, on the Northwest corner of the island in the 1920s - 1930s. They were used as rentals, primarily for hunters and fishermen. Some of the cottages have been moved to other locations, some are indistinguishable from newly built homes due to extensive remodeling, some have been lost to the elements and to fire, and one has been turned into a museum. But KCs cottage still shows its original "bones". It was built to be sold to a fisherman (KC - coincidentally, my initials) who never paid his bill, and Jens then turned it into a rental. In the early 70s, a large addition was built on to the west side but was unfinished. In 2014, the room was finally completed, and updates and repairs were also made to the original cabin. A large deck and stairway to the beach were completed a few years earlier. The only inland lake on the island, Little Lake, lies just across the road, along with the Jacobsen Museum, which is open seasonally and houses many of Jens Jacobsen's collections. Native American treasures, fossils, ships' models and intricate wooden fretwork are on display in the museum. A short distance North of the cottage, you will find a hiking trail in land purchased recently by the Door County Land Trust..
Amenities of the cabin include a full kitchen, 2 bedrooms, and a gorgeous water view with what I believe are the best sunsets on the island. Large windows and deck face the shore side of the cottage. There are stairs down to the deep water stone beach. Swim or relax on a private 150 foot wide beach. The beach is flat bedrock, which depending on winter wave action, may be covered in cobbles, or at some times of year, may be completely covered with water. A telephone is available for emergencies (a calling card is needed for long distance calls). The Danish Log Cabin can sleep 4 people in 3 sleeping areas (1 queen and 2 twin beds); it has a small bathroom with a shower. The cabin is available only during Spring, Summer and Fall. Towels and bed linens are not supplied, since we have no laundry facility.
ABOUT THE DANISH LOG CABIN:
Jens Jacobsen, who emigrated from Denmark, built the cottage in the early 1930's. He retained ownership of it as a rental, until it was sold to the Schultz family some time in the 1960s. The Schultz family owned the property until 2000, when I purchased it. Every effort has been made over the years to maintain and update the comfort of the cottage without sacrificing the charm of the original dwelling.
If you've never slept on an island, come stay on Washington Island . . .
ABOUT WASHINGTON ISLAND:
Washington Island, Wisconsin, lies approximately 6 miles off the northern tip of Wisconsin's Door County Peninsula. You'll arrive at the island via the Washington Island Car Ferry Line, which crosses Lake Michigan's Port des Morts (Death's Door) many times each day. Don't let the fearsome name, Death's Door, concern you - modern navigation and deluxe car ferries have made the 35 minute crossing an enjoyable and safe experience.
RENTAL DATES -
The cottage is no longer available to rent.